A record-breaking cold snap continues to blanket the northern United States and Canada, as forecasters warn the deep freeze will continue into the start of the new year. Weather observers said the temperature on top of the highest peak in the US north-east hit -37 degrees Celsius, a record low.
The previous record at the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire was -35C and was set in 1933. The brutal temperatures prompted US President Donald Trump to tweet that the country could, perhaps, “use a little bit of that good old global warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!”.
The observatory posted a Facebook video showing weather observer Adam Gill emptying a kettle of boiling water into the air, where it immediately turns to snow in the cold and hurricane-force winds. Instagram user Amy Fogarty, from Duluth, Minnesota, posted a similar video of her tossing a pot of boiling water into the air outs ide her home.
Weather Observer Adam Gill stepped outside this frigid morning to show how boiling water turns to snow in hurricane force winds and temps of -31°F!
Posted by Mount Washington Observatory on Thursday, December 28, 2017
The water froze mid-air and fell to the ground as ice. The weather is set to test the mettle of hundreds of thousands in New York’s Times Square as they ring in the New Year on Sunday night. Forecasters said the temperature in the city was likely to dip under -12C, well below the typical average low for the day.
In Times Square, thousands were bundled up for a chill that hit the city. “It’s really cold but I love it. My fingers feel like they’re going to break but it’s OK,” said Tashena Eason, a registered nurse from Florida.
On the other side of the country, a cold front bearing down on the Pacific Northwest was expected to dump as much as 1 metre of snow in parts of Washington state and the northern Rocky Mountains, the National Weather Service said.
For a time, the hashtag #ItSoCold was the top trending US topic on Twitter. For most of the region encompassing New England, northern Pennsylvania and New York, the National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories or warnings as temperatures were expected to be below -12C in a wide area.
For upstate New York, east of Lake Ontario, the NWS warned of “dangerously” cold wind chills of -20C to -34C throughout Friday. Forecasters warned hypothermia and frostbite could set in as the arctic air settled in. Canadian authorities meanwhile issued extreme cold warnings for much of the Alberta and Saskatchewan provinces, with large parts of Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec also affected.
An Environment Canada meteorologist told public broadcaster CBC News the distribution of the cold weather was rare so early in winter. He said the country had not seen a cold spell at this time of year since 1993.